Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Friends, Olds Friends and Family

Saturday was our last full day in Kansas City and it was probably our busiest day. We packed in a full days worth of friends and family. Our morning started by driving down to Crown Center (close to downtown) to eat breakfast at the Westin with Ryan's family. We were able to see a lot of his extended family and see them off before they left. The breakfast was still part of the baseball player's shindig so I couldn't take any pictures. :( Oh well, it was still a lot of fun seeing everybody.

Afterward, we hustled to make it over to a new friend's house. Hopefully Kaci forgives us for being an hour late! I was so excited because this was the first time I got to meet a blogger friend in person. We've been chatting for over a year now. Since she lived in Kansas City and shared the same love for Canasta, we made plans to meet and play the game. Kaci had us over at her mom's place because her mom is an avid Canasta player and has been playing with a group for over 15 years! Needless to say, Ryan asked to be on her team. Ha! They play the game a little differently then we do, so it was fun learning some new rules. I loved being able to meet Kaci in person and meet her little boy, Carson, that I have been praying for this last year. Kaci and her mom were wonderful hosts and such a pleasure to meet. We made plans to meet up again when they go to Dallas in March. (I'm not going to mention who won at the Canasta game. There's no need.)
This experience was such a blast and I can't wait to do it again. Kaci, you're the best!
Once we got our Canasta fill, Ryan & I left our new friends to visit some more family. Ryan's Grandma was in town and staying with his Aunt & Uncle. He got the chance to catch up with his cousin, Adrianne, before she left to run errands. We missed seeing his cousin, Evan, before he left to go back to New York. Evan just got engaged to his long time girlfriend, Joannie.
Ryan & his adoring Grandma Georgia May
Doug even stopped by to see Ryan. He is a close family friend but basically he's family. We were able to run back to my mom's house before heading over to see some more family friends. Wayne & Cynthia have been long time family friends with Ryan's parents and their sons grew up together. Even though Jeff is a few years older then Ryan, they were still close through the year. Ryan always looked up to him and still does. Jeff & Kelli had a baby just a few days before our wedding. So we had to go visit them and see little Henry before we left. Everybody was there including their cousin, Laura.
Back: Wayne, Cynthia, Jeff, Henry, Kelli, Laura
Front: Susan, Ryan & Emily The last stop of the night was dinner with friends at Cactus Grill. We met up with our good friend, Megan, who I haven't seen in forever! Brad & Lindsey were able to come as well. It was so good catching up with Megs. I miss that girl!!
Our first attempt at taking a picture in the restaurant wasn't so good.
So we tried again outside.
Brad, Lindsey, Megan, Me & Ryan
The snow was gorgeous! Not so gorgeous the next day though, when we were driving back to Houston through it with Brad & Lindsey. It was long trek home made easier with two good friends helping share the burden.

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  1. Wow, it sounds like you guys have been really busy!

  2. Wish we would have been in town the same time as you all. Would have been great to see you again :) Glad to hear the trip went so well. Isn't it always so wonderful to be back? I love when we go back, especially the trips down to the plaza. But i bet you are enjoying being out of the snowy mess.

  3. Do you make it up to KC very often? That snow was crazy, I had hoped for a "blizzard" and now I'm eating my words! Hopefully we are done with snow for a while.

  4. You are a busy bee! Such cute pics!

  5. Hey girl those pictures are great!!!

    DO you live in texas?

    I realllly like the snow flurries on your site :)

  6. That's so cool that you were able to meet a blogger friend in person! Loved the pictures of y'all in the snow!!!

  7. super cute pictures outside!!
    glad you have been having fun and staying busy! :)

  8. I love all the pics, especially the one with the grandma. I love grandma's and she looks as sweet as can be.

  9. What a great time with friends! I know I always say it, but you look great in every picture! So glad you got to hang with so many friends!

  10. Well I have been a very busy girl since you left and just now put a post up today on Coltan's birthday. I was so glad we got to meet. My mom says you two are so cute together.

    We have to be in Dallas on March 27th and will be there for the whole week. It sounds like the way it is set up, we only play one, maybe two games a day. So we should have lots of free time. My mom is going for sure so should I bring the cards? LOL

    Keep in touch and can't wait to see you guys again.

    Kaci and Carson


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